Friday 1 April 2016

Brexit Threat to French and German Toy Soldiers

I must confess to being quite socked at this morning's claim that a vote for the UK to leave the EU in June will have major ramifications on the UK gaming industry. Following on from ridiculous EU legislation that can punish you for taking a photo of a historic monument, it is being claimed that if the Brexit were to occur then EU states would refuse to give UK model and war-game companies copyright permission to manufacture model vehicles and toy soldiers based on their nation.

This would mean that UK companies like Warlord Games, Airfix  and Perry Miniatures would no longer be able to produce WW2 German infantry, Me109 fighters or French Napoleonic infantry.

Further it may be illegal for gamers  to use any existing figures they have in their collection in public (so at a club night or show) without obtaining a license (similar to a visa) from the respective nation's embassy.

Shocking though this is, at least it will see an increase in interest in British history and periods such as the English Civil War should receive a major boost.


  1. No I think it is more likely that a re-labelling to 'French-style Infantry' and the like will be sufficient, along with the new British wargaming scales of 1/4", 5/8", 13/16" and 1 1/8".

  2. Of course Waffen SS figures would be fine, as Germany would not claim to hold the copyright, or to have ever held the copyright and in fact someone else in fact holds the copyright, but who is not and has never been German.

  3. That made me laugh! Good April fools.

  4. An excellent April Fools joke.